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Alex and Lisa have been best friends since high school. They drank together for nearly 30 years before experimenting with a sober lifestyle that immediately became a permanent fixture.

Our podcast started out with the two of us sat in Lisa’s wardrobe recording our conversations. We have been lucky enough to interview some of the most renowned sober authors and influencers across the globe and have many more interesting guests lined up for you. Our Podcast is a little different, we like to keep it real, raw and still unedited to this day. Join us for tears, emotion, and some hilarious laugh out loud moments!

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previous episodes

Season 3 Episode 5 with Pippa-Jo Marsden

Running time: 56 minutes

February 6, 2021

Today, Alex and Lisa chat to Pippa-Jo Marsden, Aka Mum on Fire about her journey to sobriety. We discuss parenting, mental health and all the volunteering this amazing lady does. Pippa is a mum of 4, care worker, online health business owner and ambassador for the charity Get Fit 4 Mental Wellness.

Season 3 Episode 4 with Alex and Lisa

Running time: 45 minutes

January 30, 2021

Today Alex and Lisa talk about the stigma attached to alcoholism. They discuss weird dreams, have a good moan about the state of the world and debate whether we should or shouldn’t use labels for everything. Please check out our new website www.beesoberofficial.com.

Season 3 Episode 3 with Jane Zarse

Running time: 1 hr 2 minutes

January 23, 2021

Today Alex and Lisa talk with Jane Zarse about her journey to sobriety using the 12-steps through AA. Jane is an Author & Top Social Media Influencer who was born and raised in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Season 3 Episode 2 with Darren Taylor

Running time: 43 minutes

January 16, 2021

Today Alex and Lisa talk with Darren Taylor, author of Finding Your Sober Bubble about his journey to sobriety, how his upbringing led to excessive drinking and how finding his sober bubble has been the best thing he ever did.

Season 3 Episode 1 with Alex & Lisa

Running time: 38 minutes

January 9, 2021

Today Alex and Lisa talk with each other about the new Bee Sober Membership option, supporting each other through connection and how occasions like Christmas can impact sobriety. We also talk about coffee addiction, wellies and a few other strange things.

Season 2 Episode 19 with Alex and Lisa

Running time: 46 minutes

December 12, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk with each other about holiday memories, getting into dangerous situations and getting out of them again. This is the last episode in this season, we will be back after Christmas. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Season 2 Episode 18 with Alex and Lisa

Running time: 44 minutes

December 5, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk with each other. We have massively missed this and didn’t even know it. We talk about all the occasions we have ruined by drinking too much, the illusion of FOMO, and our usual laughs and banter. We also give you a few top tips for navigating a sober festive period.

Season 2 Episode 17 with Lucy Rocca

Running time: 45 minutes

November 28, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk with Lucy Rocca about her journey to sobriety, Soberistas, her books and what helped her to get and stay sober. Lucy Rocca drank rather too much alcohol for 22 years before finally deciding, back in 2012, that it might be a good idea to not drink any more.

Season 2 Episode 16 with Jo - Bee Sober

Running time: 56 minutes

November 21, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk to Jo about her journey to sobriety and how she is healing from sexual trauma. Jo is a co-founder of Bee Sober which has recently merged with The Sober Experiment to create Bee Sober CIC, a valuable source to help people on their journey into sobriety and beyond.

Season 2 Episode 15 with LC

Running time: 51 minutes

November 14, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk with Lona (LC), about his recovery journey, life before sobriety and how gender transition has affected him and his recovery.

Season 2 Episode 13 with Emma Belle

Running time: 52 minutes

November 7, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk to Emma Belle, a mental health and trauma recovery mentor, about her own experiences with sexual violence and her amazing journey to recovery. Emma is a huge inspiration and we are so grateful to have been given the opportunity to interview her. Trigger warning:

Season 2 Episode 14 with Josh Connolly

Running time: 57 minutes

October 31, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk openly with Josh Connolly, resilience coach, public speaker and ambassador for Nacoa about his journey to sobriety, his mental health, and how living as a child of an alcoholic can impact someone in adulthood.

Season 2 Episode 12 with Ben Robinson

Running time: 48 minutes

October 24, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk with Ben Robinson who is 28 years old and in alcohol recovery. Ben’s recovery is focused on removing stigma, breaking stereotypes and getting people to talk openly about their journey. Here is what Ben has to say about himself:

Season 2 Episode 11 with Bex Weller

Running time: 41 minutes

October 17, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk to Rebecca Weller about life before sobriety, getting creative and about how life in sobriety can change so much in the first 12 months. Rebecca Weller is a Health & Life Coach, Author and Speaker.

Season 2 Bonus Episode with Love Sober

Running time: 57 minutes

October 14, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk to Kate Baily and Mandy Manners, co-founders of Love Sober and presenters of The Love Sober Podcast about their journey to sobriety, their friendship, support group and their brand-new book ‘Love Yourself Sober’.

Season 2 Episode 10 with Polly Jukes

Running time: 58 minutes

October 10, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk to Polly Jukes about her coaching, her life and developing emotional intelligence. Polly is a Mum to three teenagers living on a smallholding in Cornwall. She is a Stay Sober Empowerment Coach with nearly three years sobriety under her belt.

Season 2 Episode 9 with Louise Robson

Running time: 42 minutes

October 3, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk to Louise Robson who is celebrating one year of Sobriety and is one of the original members of The Sober Experiment. We talk about her life in the first year of her sobriety, including the challenges and triumphs. Here is what Louise has to say about herself:

Season 2 Episode 8 with Michael Maisey

Running time: 51 minutes

September 26, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk with Michael Maisey, author of Young Offender, self-development coach, motivational speaker, host of the C.I.P. Podcast, creator and Host of The Free ‘Time For Change’ online programme.

Season 2 Episode 7 with It's Sober Rated

Running time: 1 hr 2 minutes

September 19, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk to Ross Burton and Joshua Sprigg, the founders of It’s Sober Rated about living life sober and what sobriety has brought to their lives. Here’s what Ross and Joshua have to say about themselves:

Season 2 Episode 6 with Jules Vandermaat & Katie Walker

Running time: 57 minutes

September 12, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk to Jules Vandermaat and Katie Walker, founders of Tapping with Jules & Katie about basic tapping techniques, how to beat a craving and even a bit about matrix re-imprinting. Links and Bios: Katie Walker … Area: Perth, Western Australia … Website:

Season 2 Episode 5 with Mark Adderley

Running time: 58 minutes

September 5, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk with Mark Adderley. We absolutely loved recording this episode, where we discussed AA, recovery, depression, anxiety and loads more. Mark is a Film & Documentary maker by trade.

Season 2 Episode 4 with Louis Harrington

Running time: 57 minutes

August 29, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk to Louis Harrington, founder of The Sharing Experience. Louis is an ex-professional golfer now-turned coach and mentor. In this episode we talk about how supporting his friend through a 90-day sober challenge, turned into his own sober journey and transformed his life.

Season 2 Episode 3 with Jesse Mogle

Running time: 1 hr

August 22, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk to Jesse Mogle, founder of From Sobriety to Recovery. Jesse just gets it and you are going to love him. He is an author, public speaker and coach, making a difference in the recovery world. Jesse also runs ‘Sober Sessions’, a group coaching service.

Season 2 Episode 2 with Whysup

Running time: 1 hr 9 minutes

August 15, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa talk with two amazing individuals, Mark and Liam of Whysup. Whysup was started by Mark and Liam. They have known each other for over 20 years, both attended the same secondary school and shared the same friends and common interests.

Season 2 Episode 1 - Blackouts

Running time: 31 minutes

August 12, 2020

Today Alex and Lisa return with Episode 1 of Season 2. Apart from forgetting how to do a podcast (bit of shaky start) we discuss blackout drinking and the dangers associated with it.

Season 1 Episode 25 Live Finale

Running time: 1 hr 2 minutes

May 20, 2020

Today we decided to go live for our season finale – do not know what possessed us! We discuss our journey since starting our own Sober Experiment, what sobriety has brought to us and chat about our past guests.

Season 1 Episode 24 with Lee AKA The Gay Sober

Running time: 49 minutes

May 13, 2020

Today, we speak with Lee AKA The Gay Sober about his story, how binge drinking and blackouts led to him quitting drinking and about friendships and socialising sober. Lee runs a page via Instagram @thegaysober and also has a successful blog called The Gay Sober.

Season 1 Episode 23 with Sober Dave

Running time: 1 hr 4 minutes

May 6, 2020

Today, we speak with our friend and fellow Sober Sessions panellist, Sober Dave on our rollercoaster ride podcast. We laugh hysterically and there are real moments that pull on the heartstrings. Dave is a 50 something guy who gave up drinking over a year ago.

Season 1 Episode 22 with Julia Carson

Running time: 52 minutes

May 2, 2020

Today, three weeks into lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, we talk all things sober with Julia Carson, author of Sober Positive and a good friend of ours. Julia discusses her journey to sobriety following an early serious head injury, trauma, grief and sexual assault.

Season 1 Episode 21 with George Wilkerson

Running time: 56 minutes

April 25, 2020

Alex and Lisa talk to George Wilkerson, an award-winning writer, artist and poet currently incarcerated on North Carolina’s Death Row.

Season 1 Episode 20 with Lucy Spraggan

Running time: 35 minutes

April 18, 2020

As the UK is locked down in the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic, we chat to the lovely Lucy Spraggan. At 8 months sober, Lucy talks openly and honestly about her journey to sobriety.

Season 1 Episode 19 with Lotta Dann

Running time: 42 minutes

April 11, 2020

Lotta Dann drank alcohol steadily and heavily from the age of 15 to the age of 39. She got sober in 2011 with the help of an anonymous blog called 'Mrs. D Is Going Without' and her memoir of the same name was published three years later.

Season 1 Episode 18 with Clare Pooley

Running time: 1 hr 2 minutes

April 4, 2020

Alex and Lisa talk to Clare Pooley Author of The Sober Diaries and New Novel, The Authenticity Project. Clare is a Cambridge graduate and was a Managing Partner at one of the world's biggest advertising agencies, Clare quit drinking and started a blog called Mummy Was a Secret Drinker.

Bee Sober Live Chat With Panel of Special Guests

Running time: 1 hr 28 minutes

March 29, 2020

Join us and our panel of guests on this special live edition of our podcast.

Season 1 Episode 17 with Christy Smith

Running time: 56 minutes

March 28, 2020

Alex and Lisa talk to Christy Smith in Ohio. She talks about her recovery journey from alcohol, heroin and cocaine, to soon becoming an addiction therapist. Christy is open and honest about her journey in this moving and emotional episode.

Season 1 Episode 16 with Alex and Lisa

Running time: 39 minutes

March 21, 2020

Alex and Lisa talk about parenting in sobriety. They discuss their own children and Alex’s childhood and the impact of alcohol on children. They discuss feelings of guilt and shame attached to parents’ drinking and how uncomfortable feelings can emerge in sobriety.

Season 1 Bonus Episode with Janey Lee Grace

Running time: 1 hr 5 minutes

March 19, 2020

Janey Lee Grace is an Amazon No 1 Best-selling author, commentator, and co-presenter on the UK’s biggest radio show, BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon.

Sober Experiment Episode 15 Lisa Smith

Running time: 1 hr 7 minutes

March 14, 2020

Alex and Lisa talk about Lisa's journey to recovery and about her book "Girl Walks Out of a Bar". Lisa discusses her darkest times of waking up and drinking to stop the shaking and counteracting this by her use of cocaine in order to disguise her addiction from those closest to her.

Season 1 Episode 14 with Laura Willoughby

Running time: 1 hr 10 minutes

March 7, 2020

Today we talk to Laura Willoughby MBE, who is co-founder of Club Soda, the Mindful Drinking Movement. Their aim is to create a world where nobody feels out of place not drinking. Club Soda has individuals, drinks brands, and social spaces in its membership.

Season 1 Episode 13 with Jane in Japan

Running time: 37 minutes

February 29, 2020

Alex and Lisa talk to Jane about her life in Japan as a sober person. Jane tells her story about how she journeyed from blackout drinking to a life of sobriety and the trials and tribulations of living overseas in sobriety.

Season 1 Episode 12 with Simon Chapple

Running time: 55 minutes

February 22, 2020

Alex and Lisa talk to Simon Chapple, founder of Be Sober and author of The Sober Survival Guide about life since sobriety.

Season 1 Episode 11 with Not So Secretly Sober

Running time: 32 minutes

February 15, 2020

Alex and Lisa talk to Siobhan from Not So Secretly Sober about being sober as a young person and finding new friends. Siobhan discusses her first year of sobriety and what it feels like to celebrate a soberversary.

Season 1 Episode 10 with Alex and Lisa

Running time: 42 minutes

February 8, 2020

Alex and Lisa have a good old rant about The Alcohol Industry and Alex gets to use her scientist brain for a change. We swear – too much! It’s all the emotion. We talk about alcohol free drinks, drunk people, sober people, and wine CONnosseurs.

Season 1 Episode 9 with Millie Gooch, Sober Girl Society

Running time: 31 minutes

February 1, 2020

Alex and Lisa, the Sober Experiment, talk about sober socialising with the amazing Millie Gooch, founder of Sober Girl Society about her life before sobriety and her rise to success with SGS.

Season 1 Episode 8 with Karolina Euphoric

Running time: 38 minutes

January 18, 2020

Alex and Lisa of the Sober Experiment talk to Karolina Rzadkowolska, founder of Euphoric Alcohol Free about her journey to sobriety. We discuss friends and their reactions to sobriety, making new friends and being creative without the booze.

Season 1 Episode 7 with Alex and Lisa

Running time: 47 minutes

January 4, 2020

Alex and Lisa discuss the ups and downs of sobriety. This one is a bit of a roller coaster of emotions, we cover anxiety, depression, happy depression (it’s a real thing) there’s lots of laughs and a few confessions thrown in too.

Season 1 Episode 6 with William Porter

Running time: 32 minutes

December 18, 2019

Alex and Lisa chat with William Porter, author of Alcohol Explained and Alcohol Explained 2 to discuss how alcohol affects sleep and anxiety, sober socialising and his new book, Alcohol Explained 2.

Season 1 Episode 5 with Rebecca Weef-Smith

Running time: 30 minutes

December 16, 2019

Alex and Lisa interview their first guest, Rebecca Weef-Smith editor of Goldie Magazine, discussing life after sobriety, her relationship with alcohol, mental and physical health and how society treats alcohol.

Season 1 Episode 4 with Alex and Lisa

Running time: 42 minutes

November 27, 2019

Lisa and Alex talk about their experiences of the first 30-days of sobriety, the difficulties and benefits and everything in between. Surviving on willpower wasn’t an option so they set about changing their mindset.

Season 1 Episode 3 with Alex and Lisa

Running time: 22 minutes

November 9, 2019

Alex and Lisa from Bee Sober discuss the tug of war internal battle on the lead up to finally quitting drinking for good. We know how difficult it can be when you are having a full on argument in your own head about what the right thing to do is.

Season 1 Episode 2 with Alex and Lisa

Running time: 27 minutes

October 23, 2019

Lisa and Alex from Bee Sober discuss drunken behaviour and hangovers honestly and openly. Even we had to listen to this one with our hands over our eyes. We are brutally honest about some of the stuff we got up to and although we laugh about it some of it was just dangerous.

Season 1 Episode 1 with Alex and Lisa

Running time: 19 minutes

October 8, 2019

Welcome to the very first episode of our sober experiment podcast.

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